Derby County U23s 4 - 1 Everton U23sEverton Under-23s, previously undefeated in Premier League 2, were beaten 4-1 at Derby County on Friday night.
Everton were the more progressive side during the first half at Pride Park and Ellis Simms's superb solo effort gave the Toffees a deserved lead. But Unsworth's side were pegged back before the break. Derby then struck three times without reply in the second half to run out comfortable winners.
Directly after Derby's equaliser, Anthony Gordon was forced off with a knee injury. Gordon had already produced a number of flourishes of class, with his feinting, swerving dribbles regularly forcing Derby defenders to retreat.
He was replaced on 40 minutes by another talented youngster, 17-year-old Mackenzie Hunt making his first appearance of the season at this level.
Everton had been steadily building pressure before Simms' superb opener 23 minutes in. The danger appeared minimal when Simms collected the ball 35 yards from goal. But the striker showcased his impressive speed, power and composure to drive into the penalty area - leaving two Derby defenders in his trail - and pulled off a precision finish.
Simms almost had his second soon after, a fingertip stop keeping out his goalbound header from Kyle John's cross. Everton continued to play on the front foot but, after a rare foray forward, Derby drew level 36 minutes in.
Derby were a different side after their equaliser, attacking with speed and purpose. They went ahead just after the hour mark — their striker tapping in at the back post after a slick team move. They made it 3-1 from the penalty spot on 73 minutes after Everton goalkeeper Harry Tyrer was penalised for upending a Derby Player.
Victory for the home team was wrapped up 9 minutes from time, a powerful strike finding the bottom corner from 25 yards. Everton remain 3rd in Premier League 2, 5 points behind leaders Chelsea.
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1 Posted 18/10/2019 at 21:21:29
2 Posted 18/10/2019 at 22:46:42
3 Posted 18/10/2019 at 00:10:23
It can be a good learning experience as long as it's used positively to put the learnings into practice.
In the main it's a young u23 team, teenagers playing with and against young professionals. They've been successful and Unsworth has proven himself capable at this level.
The hardest bit is turning them into Premier League ready players, fulfilling their potential. In all honestly, most won't make it. But loans to Championship or other good European leagues can help the boys become men and go on from their.
Most of the truly world-class players show their ability by the time their 21. But it's still often the case other top-class players develop a few years later. I'm always surprised Everton fans write off our players so quickly but just as surprised they are not loaned out or played more often at the crucial years of development between 20 and 23.
We have got a lot better at this and I'd expect over the next 5 years more homegrown players to feature. But I acknowledge it's hard to keep a 22-year-old happy whilst on loan, they want a bit of stability and comfort to settle down.
4 Posted 19/10/2019 at 00:27:29
5 Posted 19/10/2019 at 07:46:52
Does the first team have these in abundance, we shall see.
6 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:04:01
I listened to a Radio 4 programme about football last week. Tor Andre Flo was interviewed. He is in charge of Chelseas Loan Programme checking every week on the shed load of young players of different ages and experience that Chelsea have out on loan. A very professionally run outfit who use the loan system to their advantage. Just like us🤦🏻♂️
7 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:20:43
£17 million in the last 5 years (since 2014)
£0.5million Chris Long
£1.5million Shane Duffy
Plus a few undisclosed such as Lundstrom, Matthew Kennedy and Hallam Hope
8 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:50:21
Boswell and Forshaw undisclosed.
£35million in the last 7 years. I think its estimated to cost £5-£6million a year to run the youth setup so were either breaking even or running at a small loss.
9 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:59:58
I also see that there are newspaper rumours about Lewis Gibson hankering for a return to Newcastle. No idea if theres any truth in it, but seeing how the Longstaff brothers have been trusted by Steve Bruce, while Silva loans out - or sells - or refuses to play any of our homegrown young players, you could see how such a situation could be real.
10 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:00:17
11 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:02:14
12 Posted 19/10/2019 at 15:10:40
13 Posted 19/10/2019 at 16:19:30
Also good to see Mackenzie Hunt making his debut at this level, he was overshadowed a bit in last year's u18s by Iversen and Carroll but he's a talented midfielder, so it will be interesting to see if he gets more game time ahead of them two.
16 Posted 19/10/2019 at 19:45:18
Keiran (16), yes quite a few young players in the U18s but they are looking okay in the couple of times Ive seen them, dont when they start their cup run in the FA youth cup.
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